Breitbart reported that New York State Sen. Gustavo Rivera appeared on “CNN Newsroom” to speak as Chairman of the Senate Committee on Health in response to the criticism the state is receiving for their initial reporting of COVID-19 deaths that ocrrusd in nursing homes.
Pennsylvania reported 68% of their deaths were of residents of long term facilities. New Jersey reported that 44% of the coronavirus deaths in the state occurred in long term facilities.
New York officials credited COVID-19 for 6,578 deaths, which accounted for only 20% of their total deaths. Local politicians are criticizing Gov. Cuomo’s administration for misrepresenting the data.
Sen. Gustavo Rivera told CNN; “the way the numbers are calculated in other states gives an idea that the percentages of deaths among people we know are more vulnerable to this disease are much higher.”
The Democratic legislator described the difficulty lawmakers face creating safe policies when not provided accurate data. Sen. Rivera explained that the numbers being calculated in other states show that the number of deaths being reported by Cuomo is inaccurate.
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Rivera said that he doesn’t agree with the state health department’s assessment that they have been transparent, adding, “[W]hat you see is, the way the numbers are calculated in other states gives an idea that the percentages of deaths among people we know are more vulnerable to this disease are much higher. And listen, look, ultimately, this series of hearings that we’re doing — we’ve done 23 hours of them so far — are about accountability first, but second, about making sure that we establish policy going forward to avert unnecessary deaths. And unfortunately, if we do not have the best and most accurate data, we’re not going to be able to do that.”